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{{Infobox international football competition | tourney_name = UEFA Europa League | year = 2018–19 | image = Baku Olympic Stadium panorama 1.JPG | size = 275 | caption = The Olympic Stadium in Baku hosted the final | dates = Qualifying:
26 June – 30 August 2018
Competition proper:
20 September 2018 – 29 May 2019 | num_teams = Competition proper: 48+8
Total: 158+55 | associations = 55 | champion_other = England Chelsea | count = 2 | second_other = England Arsenal | matches = 205 | goals = 565 | attendance =

The 2018–19 UEFA Europa League will be the 48th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 10th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League.

The final was played at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, between English sides Chelsea and Arsenal — which was the first Europa League final to feature two teams from one city. As winners, Chelsea will play against the winners of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup. And they would also have been qualified for the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League group stage, but since they had already qualified through their league performance, the berth reserved was given to the third-placed team of the 2018–19 Ligue 1, the 5th-ranked association according to next season's access list.

Format changes

On 9 December 2016, UEFA confirmed the changing of plans for the UEFA Champions League for the 2018–2021 cycle, which was announced on 26 August 2016. As per new rules, all teams that are eliminated in the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds will get a second chance in the Europa League.

Round and draw dates

The schedule of the competition is as follows.

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Preliminary Preliminary round 12 June 2018 28 June 2018 5 July 2018
Qualifying First qualifying round 19 June 2018 12 July 2018 19 July 2018
Second qualifying round 26 July 2018 2 August 2018
Third qualifying round 23 July 2018 9 August 2018 16 August 2018
Play-off Play-off round 6 August 2018 23 August 2018 30 August 2018
Group stage Matchday 1 31 August 2018
(Monaco)
20 September 2018
Matchday 2 4 October 2018
Matchday 3 25 October 2018
Matchday 4 8 November 2018
Matchday 5 29 November 2018
Matchday 6 13 December 2018
Knockout phase Round of 32 17 December 2018 14 February 2019 21 February 2019
Round of 16 22 February 2019 7 March 2019 14 March 2019
Quarter-finals 15 March 2019 11 April 2019 18 April 2019
Semi-finals 19 April 2019 2 May 2019 9 May 2019
Final 29 May 2019 at Olympic Stadium, Baku

Matches in the qualifying (including preliminary and play-off) and knockout rounds may also be played on Tuesdays or Wednesdays instead of the regular Thursdays due to scheduling conflicts.

Group stage

The draw for the group stage will be held on 31 August 2018 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The 48 teams are drawn into twelve groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other. For the draw, the teams are seeded into four pots based on their 2018 UEFA club coefficients.

In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 32, where they are joined by the eight third-placed teams of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage. The matchdays are 20 September, 4 October, 25 October, 8 November, 29 November, and 13 December 2018.

A total of 48 teams play in the group stage: 17 teams which enter in this stage, the 21 winners of the play-off round (eight from Champions Path, thirteen from Main Path), the six losers of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League play-off round (four from Champions Path, two from League Path), and the four League Path losers of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LEV ZUR AKL LUD
1 Germany Bayer Leverkusen 6 4 1 1 16 9 +7 13 Advance to knockout phase 1–0 4–2 1–1
2 Switzerland Zürich 6 3 1 2 7 6 +1 10 3–2 1–2 1–0
3 Republic of Cyprus AEK Larnaca 6 1 2 3 6 12 −6 5 1–5 0–1 1–1
4 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 6 0 4 2 5 7 −2 4 2–3 1–1 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SAL CEL RBL ROS
1 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 6 6 0 0 17 6 +11 18 Advance to knockout phase 3–1 1–0 3–0
2 Scotland Celtic 6 3 0 3 6 8 −2 9 1–2 2–1 1–0
3 Germany RB Leipzig 6 2 1 3 9 8 +1 7 2–3 2–0 1–1
4 Norway Rosenborg 6 0 1 5 4 14 −10 1 2–5 0–1 1–3
Source: UEFA

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ZEN SLP BOR KOB
1 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 6 3 2 1 6 5 +1 11 Advance to knockout phase 1–0 2–1 1–0
2 Czech Republic Slavia Prague 6 3 1 2 4 3 +1 10 2–0 1–0 0–0
3 France Bordeaux 6 2 1 3 6 6 0 7 1–1 2–0 1–2
4 Denmark Copenhagen 6 1 2 3 3 5 −2 5 1–1 0–1 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification DZG FEN SPT AND
1 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 6 4 2 0 11 3 +8 14 Advance to knockout phase 4–1 3–1 0–0
2 Turkey Fenerbahçe 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8 0–0 2–0 2–0
3 Slovakia Spartak Trnava 6 2 1 3 4 7 −3 7 1–2 1–0 1–0
4 Belgium Anderlecht 6 0 3 3 2 7 −5 3 0–2 2–2 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ARS SPO VOR QRB
1 England Arsenal 6 5 1 0 12 2 +10 16 Advance to knockout phase 0–0 4–2 1-0
2 Portugal Sporting CP 6 4 1 1 13 3 +10 13 0–1 3-0 2–0
3 Ukraine Vorskla Poltava 6 1 0 5 4 13 −9 3 0–3 1–2 0–1
4 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 6 1 0 5 2 13 −11 3 0–3 1–6 0–1
Source: UEFA
Notes:

Group F

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BET OLY MIL DUD
1 Spain Real Betis 6 3 3 0 7 2 +5 12 Advance to knockout phase 1–0 1–1 3–0
2 Greece Olympiacos 6 3 1 2 11 6 +5 10 0–0 3–1 5–1
3 Italy Milan 6 3 1 2 12 9 +3 10 1–2 3–1 5–2
4 Luxembourg F91 Dudelange 6 0 1 5 3 16 −13 1 0–0 0–2 0–1
Source: UEFA
Notes:

Group G

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification VIL RW RAN SPM
1 Spain Villarreal 6 2 4 0 12 5 +7 10 Advance to knockout phase 5–0 2–2 2–0
2 Austria Rapid Wien 6 3 1 2 6 9 −3 10 0–0 1–0 2–0
3 Scotland Rangers 6 1 3 2 8 8 0 6 0–0 3–1 0–0
4 Russia Spartak Moscow 6 1 2 3 8 12 −4 5 3–3 1–2 4–3
Source: UEFA
Notes:

Group H

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification FRA LAZ APL MAR
1 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 6 6 0 0 17 5 +12 18 Advance to knockout phase 4–1 2–0 4–0
2 Italy Lazio 6 3 0 3 9 11 −2 9 1–2 2–1 2–1
3 Republic of Cyprus Apollon Limassol 6 2 1 3 10 10 0 7 2–3 2–0 2–2
4 France Marseille 6 0 1 5 6 16 −10 1 1–2 1–3 1–3
Source: UEFA

Group I

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification GNK MAL BES SRP
1 Belgium Genk 6 3 2 1 14 8 +6 11 Advance to knockout phase 2–0 1–1 4–0
2 Sweden Malmö FF 6 2 3 1 7 6 +1 9 2–2 2–0 1–1
3 Turkey Beşiktaş 6 2 1 3 9 11 −2 7 2–4 0–1 3–1
4 Norway Sarpsborg 08 6 1 2 3 8 13 −5 5 3–1 1–1 2–3
Source: UEFA

Group J

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SEV KRA STL AKH
1 Spain Sevilla 6 4 0 2 18 6 +12 12 Advance to knockout phase 3–0 5–1 6–0
2 Russia Krasnodar 6 4 0 2 8 8 0 12 2–1 2–1 2–1
3 Belgium Standard Liège 6 3 1 2 7 9 −2 10 1–0 2–1 2–1
4 Turkey Akhisarspor 6 0 1 5 4 14 −10 1 2–3 0–1 0–0
Source: UEFA
Notes:

Group K

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification DKV REN AST JAB
1 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 3 2 1 10 7 +3 11 Advance to knockout phase 3–1 2–2 0–1
2 France Rennes 6 3 0 3 7 8 −1 9 1–2 2–0 2–1
3 Kazakhstan Astana 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8 0–1 2–0 2–1
4 Czech Republic Jablonec 6 1 2 3 6 8 −2 5 2–2 0–1 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group L

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification CHL BATE VID PAOK
1 England Chelsea 6 5 1 0 12 3 +9 16 Advance to knockout phase 3–1 1–0 4–0
2 Belarus BATE Borisov 6 3 0 3 9 9 0 9 0–1 2–0 1–4
3 Hungary MOL Vidi 6 2 1 3 5 7 −2 7 2–2 0–2 1–0
4 Greece PAOK 6 1 0 5 5 12 −7 3 0–1 1–3 0–2
Source: UEFA

Knockout phase

In the knockout phase, teams play against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis, except for the one-match final. {{#lst:2018–19 UEFA Europa League knockout phase|Format}}

Bracket

{{#lst:2018–19 UEFA Europa League knockout phase|Bracket}}

Round of 32

The draw for the round of 32 was held on 17 December 2018. The first legs were played on 12 and 14 February, and the second legs were played on 20 and 21 February 2019. {{#lst:2018–19 UEFA Europa League knockout phase|R32}}

Round of 16

The draw for the round of 16 was held on 22 February 2019. The first legs were played on 7 March, and the second legs were played on 14 March 2019. {{#lst:2018–19 UEFA Europa League knockout phase|R16}}

Quarter-finals

The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 15 March 2019. The first legs were played on 11 April, the second legs were played on 18 April 2019. {{#lst:2018–19 UEFA Europa League knockout phase|QF}}

Semi-finals

The draw for the semi-finals was held on 15 March 2019 (after the quarter-final draw). The first legs were played on 2 May, and the second legs were played on 9 May 2019. {{#lst:2018–19 UEFA Europa League knockout phase|SF}}

Final

The final was held on 29 May 2019 at the Olympic Stadium in Baku. The "home" team (for administrative purposes) was determined by an additional draw held after the quarter-final and semi-final draws.

29 May 2019 (2019-05-29)
21:00 CEST
Chelsea England 4–1 England Arsenal Olympic Stadium, Baku
Attendance: 51,370
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
  • Giroud Goal 49'
  • Pedro Goal 60'
  • Hazard Goal 65' (pen.)72'
report
  • Iwobi Goal 69'
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